Reporter : UGONNA AGU
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Imo State says it seized over nine hundred and fifty kilograms of hard drugs and arrested one hundred and sixty-five suspects so far in 2020.
This figure is comprised of one hundred and forty-five males and twenty females.
The State Commander of the Agency in Imo State, Mr. Nse Inam, disclosed this during an annual news conference.
Mr. Inam listed cannabis sativa, cocaine, Heroin, methamphetamine popularly called mkpuru mmiri, diazepam and tramadol as some of the hard drugs seized.
The NDLEA State Commander, who frowned at the increase in the abuse of methamphetamine in the state, called on parents to monitor their children’s life style, noting that it would be easier to prevent drug addiction than to rehabilitate an addict.
Mr. Inam, who is an Assistant Commander General of Narcotics, said the Agency also prosecuted and secured conviction of twenty-four persons in court, counselled ninety-seven drug users arrested during raid operations and also rehabilitated three drug addicts.
He said inspite of the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency carried out public enlightenment in the state aimed at reawakening public consciousness on dangers of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
Mr. Inam expressed regret at the loss of one of its operative and two others who were seriously injured while on duty and called for all hands to be on deck to end the menace of drugs in the society.
He commended the Imo State Government and the media for partnering the command in the fight against drug abuse.